2021 National Training Awards Finalist

I T E C A...M E M B E R...N E W S

Date —

15 October 2021

Education Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

With the announcement of the finalists for the 2021 National Training Awards, we get to appreciate the accomplishments of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), trainers, assessors and students across the sector.

Key Issues —

According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), just over 100,000 people work with independent RTOs across the country. This includes some 28,250 trainers and assessors. The commitment to excellence that these individuals have is demonstrated by the calibre of the training organisations, projects, students and staff that are recognised in the list of finalists (from the independent vocational training sector) in this year’s national training awards.


Independent Training Sector 
2021 National Training Awards Finalists


Schools Pathways to VET Award —
■ Hunter Trade College Ltd
■ St Raphael's Catholic College
■ Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre

Small Training Provider of the Year —
■ Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
■ Builders Academy Australia

Vocational Student of the Year Award —
■ Helen Millen (ARC Training)
■ Thomas Alexander (Peer)

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award —
■ Hannah Holford (Quest Training Solutions)
■ Elyssia Tallon Rosas (Response Employment and Training)
■ Bree Connell (MIG Training Group)
■ Rachael Kelly (Limestone Coast Training)
■ Sophie Furphy (Australian Employment and Training Solutions)

Trainee of the Year Award —
■ Lorraine Randall (Response Employment and Training)
■ Mitchell Pogan (SportsReady Education)
■ Irshad Haidari (Open Colleges School of Health)
■ Amber Ugle-Hayward (Aspire Performance Training)

Apprentice of the Year Award —
■ Harrison Sanders (North East Vocational College)
■ Christian Ferrone (Aviation Australia)

VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award —
■ David Moore (Marist College Canberra)
■ Erin Jacob (Central Coast Community College)
■ Danielle Dixon (The Institute of Culinary Excellence)
■ Roy Leurs (Australian Institution of Education and Training)                         

Independent RTOs support around 85% of the 3.9 million students in vocational education and training. NCVER studies show that independent RTOs lead on many key measures of student and employer satisfaction. This is hardly surprising when you review the stories associated with each of the finalists listed above.

ITECA wishes each of the finalists the very best of luck in the awards - we're very proud of them!

Further Information —

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